Events & Training

AFBEA Quarterly Meetings

Next Meeting

Thursday, March 2, 2023 10:00am to 3:00pm

Goodyear City Civic Square ----- Grand Canyon Room

1900 Civic Square

Goodyear, AZ 85395

Mark Your Calendar

June 2, 2023 - TBD

Upcoming Training

Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction

This 2-day course (16 hoours) demonstrates to students nationally recognized principles that, when used appropriately, can lead to community risk-reduction programs that can measure success in local communities. This course will give students the opportunity to explore programs from communities across the United States that have been showcased at Vision 20/20 symposiums. These programs demonstrate what nationally recognized organizations identity as examples of "best practices" in community risk reduction.

April 12-13, 2023

Mesa Fire and Medical


Make sure you have your ERMA EIN and FEMA SID Numbers

Location: 708 W Baseline Rd., Mesa

AZ Center for Fire Service Excellence Compliant

AFBEA offers Fire & Life Safety Educator I, II and Manager courses throughout the State of Arizona, several times a year. These courses comply with the NFPA 1035 Standard and currently also meet the criteria of the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence (AzCFSE) for Certificates of Completion. The AzCFSE is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Arizona Fire Service training and Fire Service certification processes.


Conferences/Symposiums

The Risk Reduction Through Characterization and Education Conference is usually held the last week of January each year and has been held annually in Bullhead City, Ariz. since 1987. Workshops are held to teach educators how use music, magic, puppets, characters and clown programs to enhance their local educational efforts. It has become so popular, it is now a ‘train-the-trainer” program, allowing the attendees to take their knowledge back to their communities and teach others who may be unable to attend.

The CRR Symposiums have replaced the Desert Southwest Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference and the Juvenile Firesetter and Injury Prevention/Juvenile Firesetter Conference. These one-day training opportunities offer the latest trends and programs for the Public Educator. The symposiums are designed to assist many levels of the Fire and Life Safety Educators — beginning, intermediate, or advanced — by giving usable tools to start a program or fine tune one already in place.

New to Community Risk Management?

Here are a few recommended courses to get you started.

  • International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) & The Vision 20/20 Project - Essentials of Community Risk Reduction

  • U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) - Community Risk Reduction Courses

  • The CPSE‘s 10th edition of the Quality Improvement for the Fire And Emergency Services document, which is used by fire departments across the globe in their accreditation process, has a strong emphasis on Community Risk Assessment.

Guide to Community Risk Assessment

Community Risk Reduction Planning

Outcomes Measure Guide

A State Guide to Supporting Community Risk Reduction Programs

A Guide to Home Safety Visits


AIOA Virtual Training/Networking

The next Arizona Information Officers Association hosted event will be late April/early May. Look for details in the Arizona PIOs Facebook group in the coming weeks. Not part of that group - join now.

National Fire Academy

Community Risk Reduction Curriculum - National Fire Academy courses, catalogs and schedules. Review the full outline.

PIO Courses

Online Independent Study Training for PIO's through FEMA. Head here to scroll through the list of classes or search by title. FEMA has restructured their PIO course offerings. The new Public Information Basics (0105) full course description can be found through the PIO Training button below.

PIO Contact List

There is a statewide PIO contact list. The list is divided into multiple tabs representing jurisdictional levels (city, county, federal, state and tribes) and specialties (law enforcement, fire, schools, utilities, etc).


The PIO list is a great resource because you help keep it accurate. If you would like the list and/or need to help make edits please contact the PIO Office.